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May 22, 2022

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Gas Prices Hit New Highs Again With All 50 States Above $4 a Gallon

By Jennifer Calfas, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:58:42

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the U.S. hit a record of $4.59 on Thursday, according to AAA. It is the highest national average recorded by AAA since they began tracking fuel costs in 2000. On average, prices are about 50 cents more a gallon than they were a month ago. A year ago, the average cost of a gallon of gas was $3.04, according to the group. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

NREL researchers create a solar cell with record 39.5 percent efficiency—the highest of any type

By Derick Lila, PV Buzz  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:57:48

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created a solar cell with a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using standard 1-sun conditions. “The new cell is more efficient and has a simpler design that may be useful for a variety of new applications, such as highly area-constrained applications or low-radiation space applications,” said a senior scientist in NREL [ read more … ]

Energy Secretary says administration is working on relief for solar industry amid tariff investigation

By Ella Nilsen, CNN  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:57:30

Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm said on Thursday the administration is “working on a few things” to help a panicked solar industry that is seeing projects grind to a halt amid a Commerce Department tariffs probe. “I know the administration is working on a few things; I wish I could give you more,” Granholm told reporters. “But stay tuned on that. The sooner the better.” [ read more … ]

Hydro

The West, reliant on hydro, may miss it during heat waves

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:59:39

When California suffers a heat wave, it leans heavily on hydropower from the Pacific Northwest to keep the lights on. But that hydropower may not always be available when it’s most needed, as climate change is shifting the ground on which the West’s dams sit. Higher temperatures means snowmelt occurs earlier in the year and leaves less water available for power generation during the depths of summer. The result is a heightened risk of blackouts during extreme heat waves as a result of less hydro availability, according to a report out this week from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC chair on grid: ‘The old way doesn’t work’

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:58:57

The growing threat of power outages fueled by extreme weather calls for new approaches to grid oversight, the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said yesterday, adding that utilities and grid operators should “think differently.” In the face of droughts and heat waves worsened by climate change, the commission must advance new policies to modernize power markets, build more transmission lines and safeguard energy infrastructure, said FERC Chair Richard Glick. Regulators, energy providers and others also need to adjust to the “new normal” as extreme weather events become more common, according to Glick. [ read more … ]

Commentary

The era of cheap oil is over. Instead of hoping for lower gas prices, buy an electric vehicle.

By Chris Tomlinson, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:58:28

Abandon all hope ye who pray for lower gasoline prices. The world has plenty of oil, but the companies and nations that pump crude have no reason to sell it for less. An international cartel controls the cheapest oil, and the corporations that control the rest cannot compete below current prices of $100 a barrel or more. The days of cheap energy are over, at least until we all drive electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

Congress

Democrats spin their wheels

BY MATTHEW CHOI AND JOSH SIEGEL, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:58:07

“Sometimes we do energy policy and sometimes we do energy politics,” Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) said before reluctantly voting for the measure. “This is the latter.” That action closed a week in which Democrats’ preferred agenda of acting together on their signature tax-and-climate bill faded into the background — all while their unofficial Memorial Day deadline for making a decision on whether to drop the effort crept ever closer. [ read more … ]

EVs

When EVs Die in the Wild (And Trust Us They Will)

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:57:11

Even without gas, running out of gas is still a thing — call it driving to zero. With a spike in electric vehicle adoption, as a wave of charging rookies hits the road, it will be increasingly common. Stranded drivers will be a particularly acute problem in North America, with its still insufficient network of often flawed charging hardware. Vast  EV deserts are more the norm than the exception and error-codes — whether in the parking lot of your local Whole Foods or at any of the charger-outfitted rest stops along the east coast’s I-95 — are a given. [ read more … ]

Georgia: EV capital?

By Kristi E. Swartz, David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-22 15:59:14

Hyundai Motor Group is expected to announce that Georgia will be home to its new electric vehicle manufacturing plant, further elevating the state’s profile in the rapidly evolving transportation sector. The Hyundai facility would join a list of EV industry wins for Georgia in recent months, including the single largest economic development project in the state — a $5 billion factory from Rivian Automotive Inc. [ read more … ]

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